Published: Sat, June 03, 2017
World News | By Cecilia Wilkerson

Pressure's on: National spelling bee comes down to final 15

Pressure's on: National spelling bee comes down to final 15

A Howard County sixth grader is one of just 17 spellers to advance to the final round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which will be broadcast live on ESPN Thursday evening.

Edith Fuller is a six year old girl from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who qualified for the Scripps National Spelling Bee at the tender age of five. He advanced on Wednesday by correctly spelling the word "agonistic", which means combative.

In Round 3, Mills, Lucas Mooney, of Martinsburg, Andrew Gould, of Clarksburg, and Devesh Shah, of Wheeling, spelled their words correctly, making all three contenders for finals.

A score of at least 29 was needed on the test to advance to the finals. (If too many spellers survive Wednesday, the judges will use the test to determine the finalists).

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"I do if I don't win this time, " she said.

The preliminary round of the national event was on Tuesday.

Ilagan, who attends Tates Creek Middle School in Lexington, successfully spelled the word "nephrotoxic", moving to the next round.

The New Carlisle, Indiana, native says the competition itself is great, but it is the memories offstage that she will cherish.

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The two Inland spellers were eliminated from the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday, June 1. A second part of the finals is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.

The victor (s) will be crowned during a live broadcast of the final rounds on ESPN beginning at 8:30 p.m.

At only 11 years-old, Hennessey still has three more years of eligibility.

This was Rebekah's third trip to the National Spelling Bee.

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Her father, Raslan Rashid, said there are 291 spellers competing in the bee, and there are plenty of parents, family, and relatives there to cheer the young contestants on.

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